Events > QLD
The Impact of Solar PV on the ENERGEX Distribution Network
Venue: Ipswich Room, Level 1, ENERGEX, 26 Reddacliff Street, Newstead, Brisbane
This presentation will cover:
1. Penetration of solar PV on the Energex network
2. Some AS4777 basics including Grid Protection Requirements
3. Voltage regulation on the network and the challenge of regulatory compliance
4. A proposed method of assessing Solar PV applications
5. Some other safety issues
Presenter: Vince Garrone, Power Quality Manager, ENERGEX
Vince graduated with a BE (Elec) from UQ and later earned a Dip Ed from Macquarie University. He commenced work with FNQEB (now Ergon Energy) in Innisfail and worked on the initial demand management and SCADA projects in Far North Qld. Private sector experience followed with various engineering and project management roles in the mining sector (electrical design and control systems) and railway sector (control systems in Hong Kong) with the occasional stints of contracting for Ergon Energy. As a sideline, he also managed to manufacture and sell 5000 capacitive voltage detector testers which he designed during his early years in Far North Queensland.
Vince joined Energex in 2006 at a time when the utility was rebuilding after the Somerville Inquiry. During most of this time he was engaged in the preparation of the annual Network Management Plan. Part time activities included investigations into errant pole mounted reclosers and participation in the commencement of Energex's smart grid program. In 2011, he took up a role as Power Quality Manager and has been heavily involved in issues associated with solar photovoltaics and voltage management ever since.